September 16, 2018 09:18 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, Sept 16: The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has announced fresh programs aimed at exerting pressure on the government to consider amendments to the legal provisions in the new Civil Code and Criminal Code. The newly introduced codes, intended to reform the country's legal system, govern the conduct of everybody, rich and poor alike, replacing the 55-year-old Civil Code.
The FNJ claims that various legal provisions in these Codes would trample the press freedom in the country. The umbrella organization of the journalists in the country has announced phase-wise programs starting from September 26 to November 15.
The FNJ, however, has taken the move of the Ministry of Communications, Information and Technology to form a task force to furnish recommendations on the identification of the legal provisions in the new codes hampering press freedom and points to consider the amendment.
In the second phase of the program, the FNJ will hold discussions with the task force formed by the government and thereafter holding interactions in various media houses and soliciting feedback from the media persons among others, according to a press note issued by the Secretary-General of FNJ, Ramesh Bista.
The Federation would also hold interactions in all districts, provinces and associates to pile pressure on the government for the amendment in the legal provisions.
Likewise, the Federation has urged all the working journalists, civil society leaders and press freedom crusaders to help make the pressure-piling programmes of FNJ a success. RSS